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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 470
Gots: 196 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco's City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone. To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to it's already fruity complexity. This ale went on to win the silver medal for wood & barrel aged sour fruited ales at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 05-04-2011)
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4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Pours a beautiful clear brown-tinged ruby color with about one finger of light brown head.

S - Lots of fruit in the aroma, with cherry and blackberry leading the way. Also a big lactic acid presence with no detectable acetic acid that is often found in Bruery sours. The fruit aromas are mostly on the tart side, though some sweetness comes through. Funk presence is pretty mild, but definitely there.

T - Similar to the smell, the is a big fruit presence. Jammy blackberries and tart cherry juice. Lots of lactic acid and a decent amount of funk. I love how the taste manages to be tart, fruity and creamy all at the same time. Maybe a touch of acetic acid, but lactic acid dominates the sour flavor profile. A mild oak presence as well. Very nice.

M - As mentioned about, a nice and surprising creaminess to the mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation, making it just a touch prickly.

O - Easily my favorite of the Bruery sours I've had, and one of the best American Wilds I've had as well. Great flavor profile and mouthfeel.

warnerry, Mar 02, 2013
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fatmcb1, Jan 12, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a lightly hazed auburn-cherry color with a foamy halo of white head resting on top. Retains with a collar of bubbled film and spotty lacing on the glass.

Plenty of berry character in the nose with oaky vinous notes. Wild yeasty funk and brett with blackberry and cherry. Acidic sourness with a hint of vinegar.

Jammy fruit sourness attacks the tongue right up front. Darkly sour with blackberry and cherry, ripe fruit and oak. Mild backbone with soft fruit sweetness. Acidic and dry, funky yeast, continuing sourness throughout. Finishes with a smack of oak and berries.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, sticky, dry and lasting on the tongue. Really impressive, drinkable berry-forward sour, despite the age. I've had a bunch of wild ales from The Bruery and this might be the best one (except Oude Tart with sour cherries).

xnicknj, Dec 27, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thorpe for sharing this wale.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a thin white head. Smell is lactic sour, dark fruit (a la a Belgian Dark Ale), and oak - quite nice. Flavor follows the nose, with oak, cherry and other dark fruit, balsamic vinegar. What I really enjoy here is that there is other flavor here beyond just the sour, vinegar and oak, as there are nutty, malty notes hiding behind that. Mouthfeel is really quite nice - it's medium-bodied and mouth-coating. Overall, this is a pretty tasty dark sour that has more depth than most.

starrdogg, Nov 03, 2012
The Wanderer from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.